You should go into every fantasy draft with a general plan of attack.
Of course, you’ll need to be able to adjust throughout the draft and pounce on value wherever it presents itself. That’s where the dynamic MVP Board with Suggested Picks comes in.
But building a round-by-round strategy beforehand certainly helps. That’s exactly what we’re doing with the Perfect Draft series — using the MVP Board and ADP to get an idea of where the value will be in each round.
This is the 10-Team Non-PPR Perfect Draft. Each strategy guide assumes 16-round drafts and starting lineups of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 Flex, 1 K and 1 DEF. The MVP Board will help you adjust your strategy if your league settings are different.
Note: September 3 updates in bold.
Pick 1, 2, 3 or 4
RB: Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook
Don’t overthink this: Grab a stud RB here.
If you’re shying away from Cook’s injury history, we’d have no issue opting for Derrick Henry instead.
Rounds 2 and 3
RB: Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, James Conner
WR: Julio Jones, Chris Godwin
TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle
You’ll likely see a RB or 2 sitting atop your Suggested Picks here. Grabbing 2 or even 3 RBs with your first 3 picks makes tons of sense considering the lack of depth at that position vs. WR.
We also like the idea of taking Kelce or Kittle at this turn.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Kenyan Drake have climbed in ADP, so your RBs targets here have changed.